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WAC and the Local Organizing Committee of the Eighth World Archaeological Congress invite you to join WAC-8 in Kyoto, a traditional Japanese capital with incredible cultural heritage.

WAC-8 First Circular

  Media Release: 9 March 2015 PROTECTION OF HERITAGE IN IRAQ   The Executive Committee and members of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) join other archaeological and cultural heritage organizations in denouncing the recent destruction of ancient artifacts at the Mosul Museum and architecture at Nimrud in Iraq. As noted in the recently published WAC Dead Sea Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, it is a foundational belief […]

WAC Statement on Mosul and Nimrud Destruction

The World Archaeological Congress announces the adoption a new accord: “WAC Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.” The accord was originally proposed as a resolution to the WAC Assembly in WAC-7 Dead Sea, Jordan in January 2013. The general membership was consulted in April and May 2013, and a WAC Inter-Congress, jointly organized by The American University of Rome, Blue Shield, University of Vienna and University of Newcastle, […]

WAC Dead Sea Accord Announcement

  We regret to inform you that Professor dr. W.J.H. (Willem) Willems passed away on 13th December, 2014, after a brief battle with illness.  Professor Willem was an eminent archaeologist who was recognised globally for his expertise in Roman archaeology and in cultural heritage management. Since 2006, Professor Willem has been Professor of archaeological heritage resource management and Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands.  Prior to this he […]

Professor dr. W.J.H. (Willem) Willems (1950-2014)

The Eighth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-8) will be held in Kyoto, Japan. Click here for more information. Visit the official WAC-8 website!  

WAC 8 Announcement

World Archaeological Congress Comments and Suggestions for Additions and Amendments: ‘World Bank Environmental and Social Framework First Draft for Consultation July 30, 2014’ The World Bank has published its policy paper ‘First Draft of Environmental and Social Fraework’ for the purpose of public consultation for the period between July 2014 and early 2015. For more information, see:   The downloadable document can be found at:   The document includes the section entitled: […]

WAC Comments on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework Draft

Position Paper: Excavation of Archaeological Material in the Popular Media Excavating an archaeological site is an unavoidably destructive process. Archaeologists mitigate this destruction through the use of careful excavation techniques, documentation, preservation, and reporting procedures that have been developed over the past century, and are updated as new technologies become available. Procedures include documenting exactly what was done in the field; analyzing and describing in detail all that was found that might be pertinent to […]

Position Paper: Excavation of Archaeological Material in the Popular Media

(Click here for PDF version) World Archaeological Congress, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, and the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association jointly applaud decision by National Geographic Channel International to pull the “Nazi War Diggers” series. As elected leaders of these global organizations, we were relieved to learn of the decision made by the National Geographic Channel International (NGCI) to “indefinitely” postpone their planned television series titled “Nazi War […]

Media Release 21st May 2014

During the conference "Culture Under Threat: The future of the 1954 Hague Convention" there will be discussions about the proposed WAC Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Image credit: Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly.

WAC Inter-Congress Rome

WAC-7 concluded on 18 January 2013 with the ever-exciting and engaging Plenary Session, a general business meeting at the end of every major WAC Congress that presents, for consideration by the WAC Council and Executive, matters arising from the academic proceedings. Professor Peter Stone, the 2013 recipient of the Peter Ucko Memorial Award, chaired the WAC-7 Plenary, which was attended by over 100 participants. In total, 14 resolutions were brought to the Plenary. The topics […]

WAC-7 Resolutions

For more information on the Vienna Inter-Congress, visit: or read portions of the proceedings at under “Ausgabe 55/VI/2010” Report: WAC Inter-Congress Vienna: Archaeology in Conflict The WAC Inter-Congress “Archaeology in Conflict,” held in Vienna in April 2010, originated in the 6th World Archaeological Congress (WAC) which was held in Ireland at the University College Dublin (UCD) in July 2008. In three academic sessions the issue of archaeology and war was discussed most controversially. […]

Archaeology in Conflict – Vienna, Austria, 2010

Archaeology and Heritage in West Africa: Building links and ‘capacity’ as Thurstan Shaw’s Legacy Cambridge 8th to 11th May 2014 Dr Pamela Jane Smith (Shaw) ( In May 2014, probably the largest ever gathering of West African Traditional Rulers, archaeologists, artists, authors, dignitaries, businessman and women, museum curators and heritage practitioners will converge on Cambridge to honour the life and scholarly contributions of Professor Thurstan Shaw who pioneered the development of universities, archaeology and museums […]

A Celebration of Thurstan Shaw's Life